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  • Judge orders vigilers to leave closed Scituate church

    SCITUATE -- Norfolk County Superior Court judge Edward P. Leibensperger has ruled May 14 that former parishioners holding a vigil at a former parish in Scituate are trespassing and gave the former parishioners 15 days to leave the property.

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  • Boston Marathon bomber sentenced to death

    A jury in Federal court in Boston has sentenced Dzhokhar Tsarnaev to death on six counts related to the April 15, 2013 Boston Marathon Bombing. The jury had deliberated for over 14 hours over the course of three days.

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  • Father Barron inspires priests at annual convocation

    NORWOOD -- Speakers at the annual priest convocation spoke about the challenging nature of the priesthood in current times, May 6, at Four Points by Sheraton in Norwood. Father Mark O'Connell, judicial vicar and adjunct faculty member at St. John's Seminary, introduced the keynote speaker Father Robert Barron, founder of Word on Fire Catholic Ministries and rector of Mundelein Seminary in the Archdiocese of Chicago.

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  • Network spreads word of procedure to reverse RU-486 abortions

    BRAINTREE -- With an increase in the use of abortion medication in recent years some potential mothers have decided to stop the abortion process part-way through, and now have the support of a growing network of doctors and healthcare professionals intent on remaining available around the clock.

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  • Sister Prejean tells Boston jury Tsarnaev told her of regret for victims

    BOSTON (CNS) -- Sister Helen Prejean, the death penalty abolition advocate, told a jury May 11 that convicted Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev expressed remorse in discussions with her. Sister Prejean, the Sister of Saint Joseph of Medaille and author of, "Dead Man Walking," said during the defense's portion of the sentencing phase of Tsarnaev's trial that she had met with him five times since March. In their conversations, she said, he eventually discussed his feelings about the victims of the April 15, 2013 bombing that killed three and left more than 260 people injured.

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  • Local Jesuit priest in Nepal shares account of devastation

    BRAINTREE -- A Jesuit of the United States Northeast Province who also serves as director of the Boston College Nepal Program witnessed the devastation of the April 25 earthquake that rocked Nepal, and the province began posting his communiques to their website www.jesuitseast.org within days.

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  • Quincy Catholic Academy flourishing in first 5 years

    Quincy Catholic Academy has enjoyed tremendous success since it first opened its doors in September 2010. But that doesn't mean that the staffers there are ready to rest on their laurels. With the school's five-year anniversary swiftly approaching, Principal Cathy Cameron is confident that the school, which educates students in preschool through grade 8, can reach even greater heights.

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  • Ordination class of 2015: Deacon Anthony Cusack

    This is the final installment in the series profiling each of the five men who will be ordained to the priesthood by Cardinal Seán P. O'Malley at the Cathedral of the Holy Cross on May 23, 2015. To read the other profiles in the series, please visit TheBostonPilot.com.

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  • The Congregation of the Daughters of Mary of the Immaculate Conception

    We are a pontifical apostolic institute of women religious founded in 1904 by the Right Reverend Monsignor Lucian Bojnowski in New Britain, Connecticut. As pastor of Sacred Heart Church, a predominantly Polish-American Catholic community, he recognized the need to provide basic social services to the growing Polish immigrant families in New Britain, especially the care of orphans. He called upon the women of the parish to help and eight women from the Society of the Children of Mary who became our founding Sisters responded to the call. Later on, a safe and secure home was established, Our Lady of Rose Hill Orphanage in New Britain, CT.

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  • R.I. conference seeks 'robust understanding' of Pope Francis

    PORTSMOUTH, R.I. -- Pope Francis' style and leadership have been popular topics since his election over two years ago. On the eve of his first papal visit to the United States, those topics are receiving even greater attention from Americans and will be addressed at a conference held at the Portsmouth Abbey in Rhode Island June 19-21.

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  • From Cardinal Seán's blog

    On Friday evening (5/1) we gathered for vespers and dinner with the college seminarians and our seminarians who are studying English as a second language. I always enjoy these opportunities to get to know our seminarians better.

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  • Gala celebrates work of Sisters of St. Joseph

    BRIGHTON -- Approximately 400 friends, former students, and supporters of the Sisters of St. Joseph attended the second annual Living the Dream dinner held on April 30 at the Seaport Hotel in Boston. For 141 years the Sisters of St. Joseph have educated countless students. In the year 2015, they continue with enthusiasm and dedication to "connect neighbor with neighbor and neighbor with God" within the Archdiocese of Boston and beyond. The event raised over $630,000 to support the Sisters and their ministries.

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  • Boston's 'media nuns' celebrate centennial with upcoming events

    BOSTON -- The Daughters of St. Paul, a congregation of women religious dedicated to living and communicating Christ through the media, celebrate the centenary of their foundation this year. The sisters have had a special relationship with the Archdiocese of Boston ever since Richard Cardinal Cushing invited them to establish their novitiate and publishing house in Boston in 1959. The Pauline sisters are familiar throughout the archdiocese and the country for their work of evangelizing with the media.

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  • Catholic school teachers inspire, lead

    This week, schools around the country celebrated Teacher Appreciation Week. There are 3,407 teachers in the Archdiocese of Boston who teach 39,447 students. While all deserve to be thanked and praised, the following are profiles of three teachers whose stories are echoed in schools throughout the archdiocese.

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  • Forming the Future: Ursuline Academy peer ministry

    Once from Ursuline, always from Ursuline. Speak to a current student or graduate from Ursuline Academy in Dedham, and they'll likely attest to the truth of that statement. "The bonds of sisterhood that are formed here run very deep," said Julie Griffin-Carty, director of alumnae relations at Ursuline Academy and a 2005 graduate of the school. "There is a very special bond that is forged while a student here that never really leaves you."

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  • Ordination class of 2015: Deacon Andrea Filippucci

    This is the fourth installment in the series profiling each of the five men who will be ordained to the priesthood by Cardinal Seán P. O'Malley at the Cathedral of the Holy Cross on May 23. As a child, Deacon Andrea Filippucci lived what he considers an idyllic life. Born in Rome, the 6th child of 11, his family relocated to Perugia, Italy, where the parents worked as lay missionaries as part of the Neocatechumenal Way. He can recall many fond memories shared with his parents and siblings.

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  • Massport honored for support of Laboure Center

    Catholic Charities Laboure Center in South Boston held its 33rd Annual Spring Benefit on April 30 to celebrate the organization's contribution to the community. The event was held at John Hancock Financial in South Boston's Seaport District and featured the presentation of the Jack Shaughnessy Service Award to the Massachusetts Port Authority, in recognition of its support of the Laboure Center.

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  • Edmund Rice Christian Brothers at Catholic Memorial

    The Edmund Rice Christian Brothers opened Catholic Memorial School in West Roxbury in September 1957, but the story of the Brothers started in Waterford, Ireland in 1802 when Blessed Edmund Rice responded to a need. Edmund, a wealthy businessman, was moved by countless young boys who had nothing and had no hope of advancement. He established a school to educate, a bakeshop to feed and a tailor shop to clothe boys in desperate need. Edmund turned over his financial resources to educate boys and thus provided them with a solid foundation for their futures.

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  • From Cardinal Seán's blog

    This week, the American Cardinals dinner, the annual fundraiser for the Catholic University of America, was held in St. Louis. The dinner this year was a great success, raising over $1 million for scholarships to CUA. As always, the evening begins with a Mass, and this year it was celebrated by Archbishop Robert Carlson in the very beautiful cathedral basilica of St. Louis. I would certainly say it is one of the most beautiful cathedrals in United States.

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  • What does the Church teach on capital punishment?

    For centuries, the Catholic Church understood capital punishment to be a legitimate tool of the secular state to punish criminals convicted of heinous offenses. Criminals were even executed in the Papal States and capital punishment was legal in Vatican City State from 1929 to 1969, though no executions took place during that time. In fact, the last execution to take place in the Papal States was in 1870, under the reign of Pope Pius IX.

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  • Capuchin Friars: Making the commitment to consecration in Boston

    In recognition of the 50th anniversary of Second Vatican Council, Pope Francis has declared 2015 a Year of Consecrated Life. Pope Francis has asked the Church's brothers, sisters, and priests to "wake up the world" by sharing their faith, hope, and holiness through their testimony about their experiences living a consecrated life.

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  • Ordination class of 2015: Deacon Peter Stamm

    This is the third installment in the series profiling each of the five men who will be ordained to the priesthood by Cardinal Seán P. O'Malley at the Cathedral of the Holy Cross on May 23. For as long as Deacon Peter Stamm can remember, he has been drawn to the priesthood. Even while he was in elementary school, he said he "was very fascinated with the priest at the altar and I wanted to be close to that."

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  • New head of Catholic Citizenship seeks to expand reach

    The new head of Catholic Citizenship plans to focus on informing more Catholics and engaging more young Catholics in Massachusetts. Agatha Bodwell of Sandwich, appointed in mid-April, said she hopes to help local Catholics to live their faith completely in every aspect of their life and to connect with others who are doing the same.

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  • Irish Pastoral Centre: A hidden jewel that's about to shine brighter

    The Irish Pastoral Centre is something of a hidden jewel in the Archdiocese of Boston. But if executive director Megan Carroll has her way, that's about to change. Carroll, who marked her one-year anniversary on the job April 15, said the IPC -- which is located at 15 Rita Road in Dorchester -- was "pretty much on autopilot" during the two years prior to her arrival, when it was without an executive director, even though it was under the strong leadership of board Chair Sheila Gleeson and the day-to-day operations were being handled by Kathleen Rohan. She said this small but dedicated staff, including chaplain Father John McCarthy and Sister Marguerite Kelly, kept it going with the help of the board of directors.

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  • Sister Disciples continue eucharistic mission in Boston

    BRAINTREE -- As one of their own reached a landmark in her service this month, the Sister Disciples of the Divine Master continued their mission of prayerful and physical support for the priesthood and the spread of the Gospel centered on the Eucharist.

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  • Workers rally in Boston for living wage

    BOSTON -- As workers took to the streets of Boston, April 14, as part of a national and international mobilization to push for a living wage, the Church was there to support them. Boston organizers held events the day before the two-year anniversary of the Boston Marathon bombings, while other cities in the country participated on April 15. According to organizers with the #WageAction coalition the event brought 5,000 supporters into the streets of Boston, and spread the next day to more than 200 cities in the United States, 100 cities in 40 countries, and spread over six continents.

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  • Christian unity focus of cardinal's address at Evangelical college

    WENHAM, Mass. -- ''Tell us about your faith in Jesus Christ." That simple question on a college application had a profound impact on Dominic Paradis. Paradis, a cradle Catholic, said that invitation demonstrated how faith pervades the culture at Gordon College, an Evangelical school in Wenham. He said of Gordon professors and staff, "They are genuine, virtuous and care about you."

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  • Forming the Future: Trinity Catholic Academy's STREAM program

    What do science, art, English, math, religion and technology all have in common? According to eighth grader Jason Dias, from Trinity Catholic Academy in Brockton, the answer is "Everything!" This year Dias, and all the seventh and eighth graders at Trinity Catholic Academy, are learning the inter-connectivity of these subjects as part of their STREAM curriculum, thanks in part to a $100,000 grant from the Catholic Schools Foundation. Students tackle one basic question, such as, "How can we work to ensure that all God's creatures have access to clean, safe and potable water throughout our world," and seek answers through science, technology, religion, English, art and math.

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  • Ordination class of 2015: Deacon Christopher Lowe

    This week is the second installment in the series profiling each of the five men who will be ordained to the priesthood by Cardinal Seán P. O'Malley at the Cathedral of the Holy Cross on May 23. At the age most men begin dreaming about their retirement, Deacon Christopher Lowe is embarking on a new phase of his life: the priesthood.

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  • Boston Carmel -- solitude in the city

    Boston Carmel was founded in 1890 from the Carmel of Baltimore, one hundred years after the latter was established as the first foundation of religious women in the United States. In November 1889, Archbishop John J. Williams of Boston was in Baltimore to preside at the opening Mass of the Catholic Congress celebrating the Centennial of the Catholic Hierarchy.

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  • From Cardinal Seán's blog

    Having just returned from meetings in Rome, I was sad to learn of the passing of Cardinal Francis George today. He waged a courageous battle with cancer while continuing to serve the people of God in his hometown of Chicago with love, humility and an abiding commitment to the Church. We all owe him a debt of gratitude for his outstanding service to the United States Bishops' Conference as our president. ...May his soul and all the souls of the faithfully departed rest in peace.

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  • 'There can be no more denial'

    Below is the letter Cardinal Sean P. O'Malley issued on the occasion of the Ecumenical Prayer Service to mark the 100th anniversary of the Armenian Genocide held at Trinity Church in Boston April 23, 2015

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